Israeli naval forces have intercepted a Palestinian vessel hours after it sailed off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The boat, carrying patients, students and people wounded in recent mass protests, was transferred on Tuesday to the Israeli port of Ashdod, according to the Israeli army.
The 17 people on board were attempting to break an Israeli-imposed siege for the first time in more than a decade, and had set off with the intention of reaching Limassol, a coastal city in southern Cyprus.
The intercepted boat had crossed nine nautical miles (16km) before four Israeli warships flanked the vessel.
2 million citizens of Gaza are being held in an iron vice like grip of a virtual prison camp, inside of an Apartheid state.